Laudable Landfills

Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Group

March 1, 2006

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Laudable Landfills

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency's (EPA) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) recently recognized program participants from around the country for their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The awards were presented in January as part of LMOP's Annual Conference and Project Expo in Baltimore.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Biodiesel Industries and Denton, Texas, won the Project of the Year: Alternate Fuel Award for a 3-million-gallon biodiesel production facility at the city's landfill. The product is being used to power the city's truck fleet, marking the first time landfill gas has been used to produce biodiesel, according to EPA.

Moncks Corner, S.C.-based Santee Cooper took the Project of the Year: Electricity Award for establishing 10 megawatts of landfill gas-fueled green power in South Carolina. Meanwhile, Chester County, Pa., and Granger Energy used landfill gas to power four local companies, garnering them the award for Project of the Year: Direct Use.

Other winners included:

  • Community Partner of the Year: Fairfax County, Va.

  • Energy End User Partner of the Year: Interface Flooring Systems, LaGrange, Ga.

  • Energy Producer Partner of the Year: Wabash Valley Power Association, Indianapolis

  • Industry Partner of the Year: Granger Energy, Lansing, Mich.

  • State Partner of the Year: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

EPA promotes continued development of landfill gas technology through LMOP. More information about the program and awards can be found at

About the Author(s)

Steven Averett

Content Director, Waste Group, Waste360

Steven Averett joined the Waste Age staff in February 2006. Since then he has helped the magazine expand its coverage and garner a range of awards from FOLIO, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). He recently won a Gold Award from ASBPE for humor writing.

Before joining Waste Age, Steven spent three years as the staff writer for Industrial Engineer magazine, where he won a gold GAMMA Award from MAGS for Best Feature. He has written and edited material covering a wide range of topics, including video games, film, manufacturing, and aeronautics.

Steven is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English.

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